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The United Nations Office for Human Rights is set to open an investigation into war crimes during the Sri Lankan conflict. The Sri Lankan government is opposed to the inquiry. Why would they reject an outside investigation? Thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the war. What happened to the "safe zones"? Join us as we discuss why the world media largely ignored this conflict.
According to The New York Times, "With Sri Lanka's military making its deepest push into rebel territory in a decade, Asia's longest-running civil war appears to be edging closer to a military solution — though one that has already extracted a high cost for the divided country's civilians." Are 25 years of war nearing an end? And at what price?
This is the first in a series of SAJA webcasts.
Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Vasuki Nesiah, director of International Affairs and Brown University; Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, SAJA VP and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora. Questions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject=webcast)
Despite end of civil war Christians still face persecution in Sri Lanka. According to Christian Today, a group of religious liberty organisations is calling upon Sri Lanka to officially recognise the country's evangelical community. Release International UK director Colin King says, "There have been attacks against Christians, but as well as physical violence, there is also legal opposition and restrictions with the authorities refusing to recognise non-traditional churches. We urge Christians worldwide to pray for an end to these practices in Sri Lanka so that there may be true religious liberty for all."
Turkey to purchase a long-range air defense system. According to Turkish newspaper, Today's Zaman, amid growing uncertainties ignited by the unfolding 14-month-old Syrian crisis and escalating tension between Iran and the West, Turkey is preparing to purchase a long-range air defense system worth $4 billion to beef up its defense capabilities in order to avert any threat to its national security. Turkey has sped up the procurement process of the system in recent months and will reach a final decision in an upcoming meeting of the Defense Industry Implementation Committee, which will be led by Prime Minister Erdogan on July 4.
World stocks struggle as European crisis threatens to spread globally. According to the Associated Press, world stocks struggled under concerns that Europe's debt crisis was deepening and threatening to infect the world economy. Investors are nervously awaiting Greek elections on Sunday, when a party that's threatening to renege on the country's bailout terms could come away the big winner. That might force the country out the euro.Attention is also focused on Spain, where borrowing costs rose to euro-era highs, increasing concerns that it could need a bailout.
Discussing the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Special Report: on A Marred Victory and a Defeat Pregnant With Foreboding... SAJA features a rare interview with a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Dr. K. Sritharan. UTHR(J) has just issued a special report focusing on the last two months of the war in Sri Lanka—and in particular, its ramifications for civilians.
South Asian Journalists Association presents the third in a series of webcasts about Sri Lanka. The war in Sri Lanka has drawn to a close in terms of military operations—but serious humanitarian and political questions remain. Will there be a return to armed conflict, or is it really over? How will the issues of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people be addressed? How will the human rights situation be addressed? As the international community and Sri Lankan government officials talk about a political solution, what process is likely to take hold? How far will that solution go? What will be the relationship between rehabilitation, reconstruction, development and the political process? What are the possibilities of a transitional process to provide democratic space? How can demilitarization and democracy move forward in Sri Lanka? What role will the powerful Tamil diaspora play? Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Alan Keenan, senior analyst of the International Crisis Group; Jayampathy Wickramaratne, constitutional lawyer.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, former SAJA vice president and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.
On Jan. 2, the Sri Lankan government said it had captured the rebel Tamil Tigers' capital of Kilinochchi. The news has brought renewed attention to the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka. What's next? What might a political solution mean in light of recent military developments? How do recent events affect the country and its status within the region, as well as with the U.S.? How can journalists cover this evolving story?
Learn about all this and more with a distinguished panel of scholars, experts and journalists. Please post your questions in the comments section below or e-mail saja[at]columbia.edu (subject=webcast)
Last weekend’s ARCA Racing Series winner, Venturini Motorsports’ Justin Boston, and stand-out Late Model Stock Car young gun Dillon Bassett will be live guests on tonight’s special Wednesday-night edition of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show at 7 PM Eastern on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online.
Show host Jacob Seelman will lead the broadcast from Speed77′s anchor studio in Charlotte, while co-host Tom Baker will join the program from the Oswego Speedway scoring tower in Oswego, N.Y. and bring with him Budweiser Classic news and driver quotes from the third day of testing for the Speedway’s biggest event of the year.
Davey Hamilton, Bentley Warren and Bobby Santos are expected to be in attendance at the Speedway today, though Warren will not be competing in this weekend’s Bud Classic 200.
Conversation on Danny Bohn’s historic first modified championship at the legendary Bowman-Gray Stadium and the tightening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points battle will also be featured on the program.
In addition to everything mentioned above, news from across the major regional touring series will be featured during the fastest hour in motorsports, including talk from the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
Tune in for an Author Timothy Spearam from Toronto Canada, great script editor of the award-winning film The Nation by Brin Nath, a documentary about the Sri Lankan civil war, and Art Director of First Frame Corporation book. Tim has written many books from the Sailing the Seven C's, The Ethics of Timelessness to screen plays. Now, he releases his new book in September: "21st Century Lebensborn: Children Screaming To Be Heard" very controversial book, of abuse and a linking the social services care services to the Nazi Lebensborn program of WW II. Tune in at 2 pm to hear the author’s words, it will be exciting! For more information and purchase copies of his latest book and author bio go to: http://authortimothyspearman.weebly.com/books.html
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie and Bristol race winner Tommy Barrett Jr. and K&N Pro Series East points leader Ben Rhodes headline the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show tonight at 7 PM Eastern on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online.
Both Barrett and Rhodes will join hosts Jacob Seelman and Tom Baker live -- Barrett to discuss the significance and emotion behind his breakthrough victory and Rhodes to talk about his upcoming ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend at Madison International Speedway, as well as his Camping World Truck Series outing earlier this morning.
In addition, news from across the major regional touring series will be featured during the fastest hour in motorsports, including talk from the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
The Leslie Arnold Show features "AKATHA, the Ancient Science of Sahaji" with Leslie interviewing each week the leader of this most ancient teaching of Sahaji (Out-of-body-experience). A spiritual Master herself on the path of AKATHA, Leslie (Sra Sahkula Ani - title and spiritual name) showcases the Mahaji, the 973rd Living SRAOSHA Master who leads AKATHA (ae' kuh tuh) in the longest most distinctive unbroken lineage that goes back to midnight October 22, 3100 BCE. On the show, She allows for Sri Tirkahtif ra-Zah (sobriquet Sri Kahtifji) to elaborate on the AKATHA basic fundamentals. He will also discuss some deeper esoteric aspects of the science of Sahaji that Soul movement necessary for liberation in the lower worlds. That liberation taught only in AKATHA gives mankind back Its essence as Soul, the Sound and LIght within one, an estatic spiritual experience! The feeling of ecstacy unsurpassed in Soul goes beyond the drug or religious experience proven by the students of this divine science of AKATHA. We recommend a daily contemplation (meditation-like) method that allows one the Sahaji experience. Having this experience, one eventually achieves the three goals of AKATHA on the higher planes of existence within one. Come listen to the divine purport of the Living SRAOSHA Master of the time learning these goals and feel your own essence as Soul in the higher vibrations of the Sound and Light of SRAOSHA or Divine Spirit. Learn to be wise and follow the path of AKATHA journeying to the higher worlds in Sahaji. No membership fees or donations necessary with materials and seminars also free.
A trio of K&N Pro Series live guests — Scott Heckert, winner of the K&N East race from Watkins Glen; Dylan Lupton, defending winner of the K&N West NAPA 150 at Evergreen Speedway; and Gracin Raz, who is scheduled to make his K&N West debut this weekend for Bill McAnally Racing at Evergreen — headline tonight’s all-new edition of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show at 7 PM Eastern on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online.
Co-hosts Jacob Seelman and Tom Baker will take listeners through the breadth of regional touring series, modified and pavement late model racing during the fastest hour in motorsports, complete with talk from the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARCA/CRA late models, Southern Super Series and much more!
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